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A Year On, What's Changed (And What Hasn't) On Drone Oversight

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 4:47pm

A year ago, President Obama defended using drones to target terrorism suspects overseas and offered a rationale for reining in the program. Where do things stand on efforts to impose constraints?

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House-Approved USA Freedom Bill Disappoints Original Supporters

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:26pm

A year after President Obama urged for more safeguards for civil liberties in intelligence collection, the House passed new guidelines. But civil liberties watchdogs say they no longer support it.

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Obama Taps San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro For HUD Secretary

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:16pm

The president announced Friday he's chosen Julian Castro to be his next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Castro would take over at a time when the housing market has been treading water.

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Week In Politics: Scandal At The VA, Primary Results

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:16pm

Robert Siegel speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru of The National Review about the ongoing controversy at the VA and Tuesday's primary winners.

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Obama Taps San Antonio Mayor For Housing Post

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:03pm

The president nominates Julian Castro as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, replacing Shaun Donovan, who would become budget director.

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Faith And Patriotism Coexist For First Muslim Representative

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 2:36pm

When Keith Ellison became the first Muslim elected to Congress in 2006, he faced anti-Islam sentiments. The Democrat from Minnesota talks about his his book My Country, 'Tis of Thee.

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Boehner Reaches Out To The Tea Party. Or Trolls Them.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 1:31pm

Some elements of the Tea Party would like to see John Boehner ousted from his position as House Speaker. Even so, Boehner insists there isn't much difference between the Tea Party and Republicans.

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Michigan Confirms Ruling That Drops Rep. John Conyers From Primary

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:36pm

The Detroit-area congressman is the second-most-senior member of the U.S. House, but problems with his nominating petitions could invalidate his candidacy.

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Is The Tea Party Finished?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 9:39am

Where insurgents arose with a clear claim to being Tea Party favorites, they have lost. In many cases, they have flat-lined weeks before the primary.

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Political Rhetoric Bogs Down Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 5:59am

Claims for and against the pipeline are overblown. It won't make much of a difference on climate change, and it likely won't help the U.S. become energy independent.

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House Blocks Repeal Of Authorization To Use Military Force

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 4:01am

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California about efforts to end the nearly 13-year-old congressional authorization for the use of military force.

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House Passes Measure Reining In Government Surveillance

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 4:01am

Lawmakers passed a bill ending the NSA's practice of collecting phone records of Americans. Instead, phone companies would hold the data and the NSA would face additional legal barriers to search it.

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Obama Wants Guantanamo Closed But His Efforts Are Thwarted

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 4:01am

It's been a year since President Obama renewed his pledge to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But more than 150 prisoners are still housed there.

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House Defense Bill: Military DREAMers Out, Climate Science Ban In

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 6:47pm

GOP leadership decided against keeping an immigration-related provision in the Defense authorization bill. But it allowed one banning the Defense Dept. from participating in climate change research.

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Sen. Isakson: Boggs Fight Won't Break White House Deal

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 6:10pm

Georgia GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson says if the judicial nomination of Michael Boggs gets derailed, it won't unravel the deal he worked out with the White House on federal bench nominees.

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Senate To NFL: Change The Redskins' Name

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 5:22pm

Fifty senators signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pushing for a name change for Washington's professional football team, a sign the issue isn't going away.

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Senate Confirms Author Of Drone Memo To Federal Bench

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:53pm

Last-minute lobbying by the Obama administration overcame opposition to the nomination of David Barron, author of a controversial legal memo regarding drone policy.

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Billionaire Environmentalist Targets 7 Statewide Races

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:23pm

Tom Steyer, a California investor, is aiming to label Republican candidates as "science deniers" who are on the wrong side of the climate change issue.

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3 More Men Charged In Conspiracy Case Roiling Miss. Senate Race

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:03pm

The men are accused of conspiring to take and publish photographs of Sen. Thad Cochran's wife at her nursing home. His opponent in the June 3 primary denies any part in the matter.

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Obama's Relationship With Hispanic Voters Hinges On GOP

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 3:21pm

When you think about the party that has problems with Latino voters, it's usually the GOP. In 2012, they lost the Hispanic vote by more than 2 to 1, and long-term demographic changes could make that gap bigger. But President Obama and the Democrats also have their own problems with the Hispanic vote.

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